Marong jury trial opens

The Crown will call evidence from more than 100 witnesses in the three-week trial of Sainey Marong, accused of the murder of Christchurch sex worker Renee Larissa Duckmanton.

Jury selection went ahead for the first High Court jury trial in Christchurch’s new Justice Precinct today, before Justice Cameron Mander.

Marong denies murdering 22-year-old Duckmanton whose body was found burning at the scene of a scrub fire on Main Rakaia Road, north of Rakaia, on May 15, 2016.

Marong is a 33-year-old butcher from Ilam, who has three defence counsel at the trial.

The names of all the Crown witnesses were read to the jury panel so members could signal any knowledge of the witnesses at the time selection took place.

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